Cycling around Stevenage

30 June 2020

Carol Le Grand was feeling cooped up in her little flat. So she decided to get on her bike and cycle around Stevenage to chat to and photograph the Guideposts community.

“Recently I decided to get on my bike accompanied with my work experience student, Kyla, and visit clients, volunteers, carers and staff to meet them at a safe distance and take photos of them in lockdown,” said Carol, who runs our friendship schemes in Stevenage and North Herts for adults with learning disabilities.

“I live in a first floor flat with no garden and no balcony and for my mental health I needed to get out and about – I’m a fresh air fiend!

“Kyla, my work experience girl, isn’t at school and is going stir crazy and wanted to join too. She has known the clients for a very long time so she enjoyed catching up with them too.

“I don’t phone anyone before hand – in case I fall of the bike! I phone them from outside and ask if I can take a photo and have a chat with them – at a distance –  and their carers or parents.

Carol and her bike

“It’s been nice to catch up with them and their carers and parents. We should have gone to the tower of London in May. Everyone was very upset that that was cancelled. So it was just nice to catch up with everybody. Mostly they asked, ‘When are we going to be able to go out again?’ – that’s what they want to know. They are bored of doing puzzles!

“There’s a couple of people who are high needs and they can’t understand why we can’t go out together – so that sad. And many who live in homes have gone to their parents so it’s been very hard for the parents.

“They are missing seeing each other – especially at my Drop In because it’s a regular thing. That is the man thing they are missing – all their friends.”

Carol plans to put all the photos together into a newsletter to send it out so everyone can see the photos of their friends.

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Marie
Stephanie
Hannah
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Ann
Assistant Co-ordinator Carole, work experience student Kyla and Drop-in support worker Siobhan